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Lexington races, sale in new Weekend Preview!

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
The first of two weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile is underway and the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. We take a glimpse at some of the races as well as an inside look at next week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Trainers Brian Brown and Bob Stewart look to have some serious contenders in Bluegrass action, and we talked to both about their cha...
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Yonkers announces field for International Trot

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
In this election season, the votes have been counted…for Yonkers Raceway's International Trot.   The complete field of 10 world-class invitees/acceptances for the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, is now final. The seats at the table (alphabetically), with country of representation: BBS Sugarlight – Norway; Explosive de Vie – Sweden; Flanagan Memory ...
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Raymer wins three DSBF events Wednesday

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Leigh Raymer had four wins and captured three of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters at Harrington Raceway Wednesday (September 28). Raymer co-owns Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby) who prevailed for the second straight week in 2:04.3. The Keystone Activator gelding drew clear of the field at the top of the stretch for a decisive ...
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Pre-Jug party raises big money for New Vocations

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
On Sept. 21, the annual Pre-Jug party and charity auction was held in Delaware, Ohio, following the Jugette in the big pavilion on the first turn of the famous track.   Trainers, drivers, owners and fans were among the hundreds that came to eat, socialize and bid on a wide variety of unique items that included exotic vacations, historical racing art and memorabilia and even a pony w...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Scoop Witherspoon

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
I was up really early this Thursday morning, and not just because of being excited for tonight's opening card of the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile. I had some breaking news in my back pocket—they don't call me "Scoop Witherspoon—I mean Waterstone" for nothing—about next week's Kentucky Futurity and was ready to spill the beans today. Alas, since I'm a tease, you're going to have to ...
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2FT Magic Presto, On A Sunny Day win ONSS

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
In spite of a track soaked by a full day of rain, 2-year-old trotting fillies Magic Presto and On A Sunny Day put on an impressive show at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.   Competing on a surface rated three seconds slower than normal, Magic Presto fired away from Post 5 to a :27.3 opening quarter in the first $105,000 Gold Series division. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON ea...
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KJ's Caroline takes Vernon mare feature

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
The most drastic change of tactics possible proved no issue for KJ's Caroline ($4.80), who once again was best among the top distaffers at Vernon Downs in Thursday (September 29) evening's featured $9,900 Mares Open pacing event.   The 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare, who typically plays a big role in the pacesetting duties, dropped to last immediately, sitting well off pacesette...
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Top Flight Angel takes NYSS consolation

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Two consolations for 2-year-old trotters took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening as several New York Sire Stakes horses wrapped up their stakes campaign.   Top Flight Angel (Archangel) and Teasin N Pleasin (CR Excalibur) emerged victorious, each setting a lifetime mark on Thursday in their $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolations. Top Flight Angel and driver ...
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Eric Abbatiello congratulated on 2,000th win

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Abbatiello, who reached the 2,000-win milestone early in the day, was duly recognized by Yonkers Raceway.   Proving it's nothing if not a good sport, the Raceway offered congrats to Abbatiello, who arrived at his latest plateau at Freehold Raceway. The 47-year-old Abbatiello, whose Harness Hall of Fame father, Carmine, won a few Yonkers races in his day, is actually at 2...
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Shake It Off Lindy uses first-over move to win

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Shake It Off Lindy (pictured) surged first-over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six $334,500 Bluegrass splits for two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 29, in a lifetime best of 1:55.   With Eburry Street and Sortie breaking before the first turn, Moonshiner Hanover inherited the lead, keeping Southwind Cobra parked while Sh...
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Montrell Teague drives 1,000th winner

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner Ge...
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Encore Deo, Gweneee J score at Pocono

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of nicely-pedigreed distaffs paced back to their distinguished bloodlines in taking the co-featured pacing events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday.   Encore Deo, a sophomore daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven whose second dam is the $3.7 million-winning Eternal Camnation, rallied from the pocket to catch I Said Please by a half-length in taking the $16,000 "F/M nw 5 ...
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Pet Rock colt tops Buckeye Classic at $90,000

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Unfortunately, Joe Bellino could not personally attend the second edition of the Buckeye Classic Sale conducted in Springfield, Ohio, on Tuesday (Sept. 27), but that did not impede him from purchasing the most sought-after yearling at the event for $90,000.   "I was watching it on Facebook Live and I kept thinking, ‘When is the gavel going to drop?" he said. "It was like he said ...
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"Aggressive" testing, detention at Red Mile

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is committed to creating a even playing field for all. Starting with second week of Grand Circuit, in addition to horses being required to be on the grounds 24 hours prior to their race, a Detention Barn will be implemented for a selected number of stake races. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will be conducting aggressive "Pre and Post Race testing," including "Out of...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 14 Premier

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Let's all recite this pledge together: "I (state your name) do solemnly swear that for the next two weeks through the Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile that I will not discuss politics, national anthem etiquette, birth certificates, chasing Pokemon or yogurt, and instead will focus my attention on the excitement that the sport's top horses, drivers, trainers and owners will bring to Lexingto...
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Kirby, King dominate in DSBF splits

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday.   The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three-quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was ...
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Yonkers announces $250,000 invitationals

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is looking to augment its million-dollar Yonkers International Trot (Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15) with a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, one each for trotters and pacers. The distance(s) of the Invitationals race(s) is/are one mile, though either/or may be changed.   Any interested parties are requested, resumes in hand, to contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. ...
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Scarborough opens fall meet Oct. 14

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Scarborough Downs, Maine's premiere horse racing venue since 1950, is set to kick off the fall portion of it's 2016 season on Oct. 14, featuring live harness racing action on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT) daily. Festival of Champions Day will headline the opening weekend action as the Maine Sire Stakes championships for three-year-old Ma...
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Ohio owner Dean Davis dies at age 82

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Well known Ohio owner-breeder Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio, passed away at home, surrounded by family, early Tuesday, Sept. 27. He was 82 and had battled cancer for the past year. Mr. Davis and his friend Jim Snyder became fixtures at Northfield Park, where Mr. Davis was inducted into the track's Hall of Fame. He was also presented the Dr. John D. Stevens Humanitarian Award from th...
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Louis "Booty" Beltrami dies at 82

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Longtime harness racing owner, trainer and driver Louis J. "Booty" Beltrami, of Drums, Pa., passed away at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 25. He was 82. Born in Hazleton, Pa., on Oct. 6, 1933, Mr. Beltrami was the last surviving child of 14 children born to Italian immigrants Salvatore and Mary Beltrami. He wore many hats during his lifetime--coal magnate, noted restaurateur...
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